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Service charges and other issues

Service charges, administration charges, ground rent, recognised tenants associations and forfeiture. For a brief summary...

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Can I challenge my exit fee as an unfair contract term?

At present it is extremely difficult to challenge exit fees because they are not legally classified as a “service charge” or an “administration charge”. Therefore the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) does not have jurisdiction to determine cases relating to exit fees. However, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) are currently investigating whether exit fees are an unfair contract term under the Unfair Consumer Contract Terms Regulations 1999 (UCCTR 1999). It is worth noting that UCCTR 1999 does not apply to leases entered into BEFORE July 1995.

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